KV Challenge Marathon

Posted on October 22, 2006 by

Today was the day of the KV Challenge Marathon , a beautiful run from Hampton to Saint John, NB, through the Kennebecasis Valley (Quispamsis and Rothesay). As has been the case for every race since it started, I was one of their official photographers, so I managed to grab some cool images!

The run started at 9:00 AM on Main Street in Hampton. The temperature was a brisk 6 C (about 42 F) at the start of the race, but it warmed up to a balmy 9 C (about 48 F) by the end…
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 - Start

Despite the cold, Chris Brake was wearing just a T-Shirt and arms warmers. He started out with a blistering pace, taking the lead.
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Start Leader

Here’s the rest of the pack, and this is only 100 meters in!!!
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Starting Group

A former student of mine, Jason Cosman, is running in his third KV Challenge marathon!
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Jason

The nice thing about this marathon is all the great colour in the leaves! This tree was right across the street from the start line.
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Tree

Here’s Jason on the loop outside Hampton.
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Loop Jason

Water keeps these machines going…
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Water Stop

Don’t drop that!!!
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Water Stop.jpg

Every marathon, this guy dresses up in something different. This year, he dressed as a devil. (And he kept this outfit on for the whole race! 🙂
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Loop Devil

Two colleagues of mine, Barry and Roland, seem to have found their own way to keep warm while at a watering hole along the way! I keep hearing re-runs of the Beatles singing “Listen, do you want to know a secret, do you promise not to tell…” 😉
Barry and Roland

Barry and Jason are just “chillin’ in the hoods…” 😉
Barry and Jason - Chillin' in the hoods!

There was a cruise ship in town today. They must have been wondering what all the fuss was about. I think some of the runners were wearing snow suits… 😉
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Cruise Ship

And, after leading the pack for the whole race, Chris Brake comes in 15 minutes ahead of the next competitor
KV_Marathon_Finish_Winner.jpg

Maggie, a former colleague of mine, is waiting for her running buddy, Jerry. She ran in Lowell, Mass, last weekend, so she was taking this race off!
Maggie

Here’s Jerry! Maggie and I worked with Jerry at Exigen. That’s an impressive time, considering his age!!! Sorry Jerry!!! 😉
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Finish Jerry

John Kelley, the event coordinator (and a colleague of mine), has his finish line medal on!
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Finish John Kelley

Jason made it through to the finish line!
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Finish Pain!Finish Jason

That’s medal #3 Jason!
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Jason Cosman Finish Medal

As the look on this face shows, 42 km (26.2 miles) can be grueling and painful…
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Finish Line Pain!
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Finish Pain!

Luckily, there are experts available to help with all those sore muscles!
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Finish Massage

And some food for the runners and volunteers to keep them going until the awards ceremony begins… at 3 PM.
KV Challenge Marathon 2006 Finish Food

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